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NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation.


An applicant must:
Students matriculated in the following programs of study may be eligible for a STEM award. The program of study must result in an approved occupation.

Award Amounts

Recipients shall receive an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. The STEM award will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance award received.


Recipients shall be entitled to an annual award for not more than four academic years of full-time undergraduate study while matriculated in an approved program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics or five years if the program of study requires five years.

How to Apply

An applicant must complete and submit the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Supplement by August 15.

Recipients are not required to submit another New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Supplement once they have been awarded this scholarship, but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Scholarship and Grant Payment Application each year.

Apply for Payment

Award Recipients Must Apply for Payment Each Year: STEM recipients must complete the FAFSA and the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year to receive payment.

Payment of Awards: Awards will be paid directly to the schools on behalf of students upon the successful completion of each term. Successful completion of a term means the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements for the award.

Additional Information

Please contact the Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372 with questions about this scholarship.